Audio-Technica AT2020USB PLUS Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
Audio-Technica is well known for producing excellent microphones, and this is the USB version of their most popular model. It offers 16-bit audio, which is good enough for professional recording and podcasting, along with 44.1/48 kHz audio sample rate. This microphone is powered through a USB connection and it also has an output connection for headphones and volume controls specifically for the headphone port. This makes it easy to listen to and monitor audio live while recording without latency issues. The included stand mount is perfect for traditional microphone stands, and there is an included small tripod for use at a desk. The cardioid pattern is ideal for recording a single audio source, but it lacks any options for changing the polar pattern.